You may have just finished packing away the holiday decorations, but winter is still with us. In a big way.

Many states have already been hit hard with that realization – with snow piling up outside the door. Depending on your location and climate, more is undoubtedly on the way.

Deck owners nationwide may be wondering how to protect their investment from the wear and tear of winter weather.

Fortunately, there are multiple steps homeowners can take to ensure their deck remains safe throughout the winter months, and ready once again for company when spring arrives.

  • Keep Things Clean: The first – and perhaps the best – step to protect your deck from winter weather is to clear any leaves or debris that have accumulated on its surface. Sweep away dirt and dust before the snow starts to fall, as this can help to prevent mold and mildew growth as well as damage caused by freezing temperatures.
  • Seal It Up: Applying a quality sealant or waterproofing product prior to a snowstorm offers a layer of protection against moisture and other elements that could potentially cause damage over time. Just be sure to follow all instructions carefully when applying any sealants or waterproofing products. Proper application not only ensures the longevity of the deck, but also improves its overall appearance and integrity. Ignoring the manufacturer’s instructions may result in an uneven finish, weakened protection against moisture damage, and increased risk of deterioration.
  • Take Cover: You might consider covering your deck with an outdoor tarp or similar prior to periods of inclement weather or heavy snowfall. This helps to ward off moisture, while preventing unnecessary wear and tear on your deck’s surface from ice, snow, sleet, and hail. It also helps to prevent potential damage from animals or birds who might see your deck as their winter getaway.
  • Divert Water: A quality water diversion system, like DEK Drain’s TOPSIDE® system, can be customized to fit a deck of any size and shape and protects your deck’s framing structure while delivering dry, functional space below. Our unique panels are crafted from a unique rubber membrane material that retains its flexibility, even during a deep freeze.

Snow may fall and icicles may form, but by taking the right steps – you can ensure your deck stays safe and sound this winter. Reach out to our team today to find out how DEK Drain can help.

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